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The Daily Fountain Devotional of the Church Of Nigeria (Anglican Communion) 7 March 2023 – Holding God By His Word
TOPIC: Holding God By His Word
READ: Leviticus 25: 19-44 (KJV)
19 And the land shall yield her fruit, and ye shall eat your fill, and dwell therein in safety.
20 And if ye shall say, What shall we eat the seventh year? behold, we shall not sow, nor gather in our increase:
21 Then I will command my blessing upon you in the sixth year, and it shall bring forth fruit for three years.
22 And ye shall sow the eighth year, and eat yet of old fruit until the ninth year; until her fruits come in ye shall eat of the old store.
23 The land shall not be sold for ever: for the land is mine, for ye are strangers and sojourners with me.
24 And in all the land of your possession ye shall grant a redemption for the land.
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25 If thy brother be waxen poor, and hath sold away some of his possession, and if any of his kin come to redeem it, then shall he redeem that which his brother sold.
26 And if the man have none to redeem it, and himself be able to redeem it;
27 Then let him count the years of the sale thereof, and restore the overplus unto the man to whom he sold it; that he may return unto his possession.
28 But if he be not able to restore it to him, then that which is sold shall remain in the hand of him that hath bought it until the year of jubile: and in the jubile it shall go out, and he shall return unto his possession.
29 And if a man sell a dwelling house in a walled city, then he may redeem it within a whole year after it is sold; within a full year may he redeem it.
30 And if it be not redeemed within the space of a full year, then the house that is in the walled city shall be established for ever to him that bought it throughout his generations: it shall not go out in the jubile.
31 But the houses of the villages which have no wall round about them shall be counted as the fields of the country: they may be redeemed, and they shall go out in the jubile.
32 Notwithstanding the cities of the Levites, and the houses of the cities of their possession, may the Levites redeem at any time.
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33 And if a man purchase of the Levites, then the house that was sold, and the city of his possession, shall go out in the year of jubile: for the houses of the cities of the Levites are their possession among the children of Israel.
34 But the field of the suburbs of their cities may not be sold; for it is their perpetual possession.
35 And if thy brother be waxen poor, and fallen in decay with thee; then thou shalt relieve him: yea, though he be a stranger, or a sojourner; that he may live with thee.
36 Take thou no usury of him, or increase: but fear thy God; that thy brother may live with thee.
37 Thou shalt not give him thy money upon usury, nor lend him thy victuals for increase.
38 I am the Lord your God, which brought you forth out of the land of Egypt, to give you the land of Canaan, and to be your God.
39 And if thy brother that dwelleth by thee be waxen poor, and be sold unto thee; thou shalt not compel him to serve as a bondservant:
40 But as an hired servant, and as a sojourner, he shall be with thee, and shall serve thee unto the year of jubile.
41 And then shall he depart from thee, both he and his children with him, and shall return unto his own family, and unto the possession of his fathers shall he return.
42 For they are my servants, which I brought forth out of the land of Egypt: they shall not be sold as bondmen.
43 Thou shalt not rule over him with rigour; but shalt fear thy God.
44 Both thy bondmen, and thy bondmaids, which thou shalt have, shall be of the heathen that are round about you; of them shall ye buy bondmen and bondmaids.
God instructed the Israelites not to farm in the seventh (Sabbath) year(Lev.25:1-4). In today’s passage, they wondered how they will survive by the seventh and eight year when they will commence farming. He assured them of His blessings in the sixth year that will last for two years before reaping their crops in the ninth year, contingent on care of the poor, reverential fear and obedience to His commands.
The global economic meltdown has caused untold economic hardship Amidst such pressures, God still requires us to support His work and care for the poor. Like the Israelites we might wonder how to obey and still meet family needs. Today’s passage is a lesson that the Christian life is a faith walk with God and absolute trust in His power to provide in austere times. How He will do it is not our business. He said, ‘I will command my blessings during those years when there is lack’. God has innumerable blessings stored and waiting for His command to locate you. Some brethren have testified how they miraculously survived during the COVID 19 year. My family got a job then that employed many persons.
Has God spoken to you about cancelling any debt, giving your life savings for His work and you are troubled about how to survive? Just hold God by His Word .Simply trust and obey!
PRAYER: Lord, please reveal Yourself to me. Help me to trust and take You by Your words in Jesus’ name. Amen.